NCCAM adds six new advisors

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine’s (NCCAM) National Advisory Council (NACCAM) welcomed six new members today.

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One of the new members is an expert on Ayurvedic drugs. According to the Skeptic’s Dictionary:

Ayurveda recommends such things as: to pacify Kapha eat spicy foods and avoid sweet foods, except for honey but don’t heat the honey. Avoid tomatoes and nuts. Turkey is fine but avoid rabbit and pheasant. If you’ve got too much Pitta then try this: eat sweet foods and avoid the spicy. Eat nuts. To reduce Vata: eat sweet, sour and salty foods; avoid spicy foods. Nuts are good and so are dairy products.

How any of the above is known, or how anyone could possibly test such claims, is apparently of little concern to Ayurvedic advocates.

You can read more about NCCAM in The Ongoing Problem with the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine

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